Clutter – we all have it in some shape or form. If your vintage dining table is piled with household detritus, your drawers are bursting with stuff or your bedroom looks like a second-hand clothes market, something needs to be done. However, it can feel like an overwhelming task to tackle it. More and more of us are opting for a simpler, pared-down home one where we opt for clarity and calm, with fewer - more thoughtfully chosen - belongings. If you’re just beginning your decluttering journey and need inspiration, then you’ve come to the right place.
The thought of decluttering your house – or even a room - can be a daunting one. Before you start, set yourself some achievable goals; detail why you want to do it and draw up deadlines: what you would like to have completed in a day, a week or a month, for example.
Create a Checklist and be Systematic
Bring clarity to your decluttering mission by compiling a checklist. Write down a list of which rooms need attention, and which areas (for example, the cupboards, shelves or under your bed). Arrange these in order of priority and tackle the most urgent task first. This systematic approach will ensure you remain focused, feel organised and aren’t overwhelmed. You’ll also be able to clearly see the progress you’ve made. Ticking off each section as you complete it, is a great way to see what you’ve achieved - and keeps motivation high!
Before and After Photos
Decluttering can be emotional. The process of sifting through belongings can unearth memories of the past – and it’s sometimes hard to let go of old and much-loved things. Try to remind yourself why you are doing it and look at what you have already achieved. Before and after photos are a fantastic way of doing this. It can be tricky to see the transformation if you’re the one decluttering, so having these snaps to hand will prove how much you’ve done. And there’s nothing like a photograph to show friends and family who can’t quite believe you’ve managed it!
Ask for Help
Call for support. Get a team in to help. Friends and family are usually willing to dedicate a morning, afternoon or part of the weekend for a good cause, particularly if you’re offering refreshments and lunch. Decluttering can be much easier, and even fun, when you have a friend by your side for back-up!
If You Don’t Love it or Use it – Lose it
Your house is your sanctuary. Create a restful retreat, an interior you love that is calming and welcoming. A cluttered area can contribute to a cluttered mind. Sort through your belongings and identify items that you don’t use, or love, items or clothes that you haven't used for years, take to your local charity shop, recycling centre or dump.
What are the Benefits?
Decluttering often means a space gets worse before it gets better! As you pull belongings out of cupboards, drawers and shelves, your home can feel chaotic. Stick with the task, and soon the pieces that are worthy of attention can be admired in a calm and ordered space.
Decluttering gives your prized possessions space to breathe and makes it easier to find the everyday items in your home. We wish you the best of luck decluttering – let us know how you get on!